- 4 nights lodging
- All ground transportation & gas
- National Park Entry Fee
- All Dinners
- One F4A Guide and One Local Guide
The landscape in Big Bend is unexpected. More often than not, we hear "Is this really Texas?". You have to be a bit bristly and rough around the edges to live there. And that's why we go ... not only to hike and eat Mexican food ... but to get a glimpse of the wild west. Forget about 5 star hotels, pillow top beds and even cell phone service. We are stepping back in time before luxury was ever a word. It's an experience like none other and one not to be missed.
LODGING - The Perry Mansion
It took a over a century, but your room is ready!
Since 1906, the Perry Mansion has proudly overlooked the Chisos Mining Company (now the Terlingua Ghost Town). Unfortunately, bankruptcy and a hundred years of decay overwhelmed Mr. Perry's dream house -- until now.
A three year restoration has renewed the dream and it's available to all. Enjoy desert living at the top of the world.
Here's a look at each individual room. All decorated with antique and art from the era when it was built. We've booked the entire building with 7 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms, The Great Room and a Kitchen for our use.
Saturday, November 9
Travel Day. There are a few options:
- Fly to Midland. We'll pick you up at the airport.
- Drive yourself to Terlingua (it'll take about 9 hours from Dallas)
Lodging for the trip is the Perry Mansion. We have the entire place, 7 bedrooms, booked for this Texas adventure.
We'll have dinner at Tivo's Place, next to the motel. The hotel is owned by a super sweet Mexican couple and they will cook a great family style dinner with enchiladas, chips, guacamole, rice, beans, and sopapillas.
Sunday, November 10
After breakfast, we'll do the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive, stopping at Tuff Canyon, Mule Ear Viewpoint and Sotol Vista. Not to worry, we will get our steps in today while hiking Mule Ear and Santa Elena Canyon.
Mule Ear Springs Trail - 4 miles
Santa Elena Canyon Trail: 1.6 miles
The thirty-mile Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive leads to the Castolon Historic District and Santa Elena Canyon. Along the way the road showcases some of the historic and geologic features this region is famous for.
Tonight is the Terlingua Chili Cookoff.
Monday, November 11
Hike Lost MIne Trail 4.8 miles, Window View Trail .5 miles, Panther Junction Visitor Center park movie, Terlingua Ghost town and Dinner at Starlight Theater.
Tuesday, November 12
Boquillas Canyon Trail 1.8 miles; drive to Port of Entry and cross on ferry to Boquillas, Mexico; walk 1 mile into town, have lunch at Falcon's Restaurant and walk around village to school, church, clinic, solar field, and shopping; drive to Historic Hot Springs and walk .5 miles round trip to soak in the hot springs.
Dinner at La Kiva in Terlingua.
Wednesday, November 13
Travel Day. We'll have breakfast and head back to Midland for airport departures.
We'll plan the trip!